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Hundreds of Hospitals Struggle to Improve Patient Satisfaction

March 11, 2015 12:57 pm | by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News | Comments

Nationally, the hospital industry has improved in all the areas the surveys required by Medicare track, including how clean and quiet their rooms are and how well doctors and nurses communicate. But hundreds of hospitals have not made headway in boosting their ratings, federal records show.

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Photo of the Day: The Connected OR at AORN

March 10, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

This photo showcases a fully-constructed operating room that Steris has on display to help attendees appreciate the surgical equipment, monitors and other products that they have identified as key in keeping pace with procedural demands and patient needs.

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Improving Pain Management Practices

March 10, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

A look at how new pharmaceutical developments could help improve patient comfort and post-operative results.

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JAMA Viewpoint: Young African American Men Left Out

March 9, 2015 1:06 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | Comments

Healthcare spending is at an all-time high in the U.S., yet young African-American men see little benefit, according to Boston Medical Center (BMC) researchers' Viewpoint commentary published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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The Little Things That Kill … And Cure

March 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Some strong insight on how sticking to the basics of infection prevention can protect surgical staff and patients from the effects of HAIs.

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Being Proactive Key in Patient Prep

March 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Surgical Products recently sat down with Vicki Allen, MSN, RN, and asked her about best practices in avoiding common patient prep mistakes.

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Right Ways to Avoid Wrong Site Events

March 4, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Industry experts weigh in on the best, and often most simple ways to avoid the tragic results of a wrong-site surgery.

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Patient Prep: Keeping It Clean

March 4, 2015 1:10 pm | by Surgical Product Staff | Comments

Rosie D. Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc, Head of Clinical Affairs, Clorox Healthcare, on keeping it clean in the OR suite.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Surgical Plume Evacuation: What’s Stopping You?

March 2, 2015 11:35 am | by Buffalo Filter | Comments

A New Continuing Nursing Education Activity Sponsored by Buffalo Filter.

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Editor's Note: Do No Harm – It Applies to Patients Too

February 25, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Primum non nocere. In a time plagued by rising healthcare costs and shrinking accountability for personal health standards, it shouldn’t just be for surgeons anymore.

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An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 24, 2015 12:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief - Medical Design Technology (@SeanFenske) | Comments

With regard to alarm fatigue, middleware helps to ensure the most important alerts get the necessary attention. However, it is a solution that needs to be implemented across an entire hospital landscape to be successful.

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Embedded Technology: The Vital Organ of Wireless and Connected Health

February 24, 2015 11:59 am | by Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager, QNX Software Systems | Comments

Before we get too excited and blindly reliant on the exponential growth of medical apps on our smartphone devices we need to ask; can we rely on the same smartphone device that allows us to play Angry Birds to be trusted with our health and well-being?

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The Future of Hernia Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Comments

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw has become one of the nation’s leading innovators in hernia repair surgery. In this exclusive interview with Surgical Products, Dr. Ramshaw looks at the current state of hernia repair, how it can improve and what lies ahead for a procedure that impacts millions of lives every year.

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Facilities Facing More Pressure To Prevent Bed Sores

February 9, 2015 12:36 pm | by Kevin Damask | Comments

On average, the cost of managing one full-thickness pressure ulcer can cost nearly $70,000. In the U.S., the total cost for treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $11 billion annually.                                       

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The OR Suite 2.0 … And Counting

February 6, 2015 8:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Hospital and surgery center IT departments are being tasked with networking challenges related to more data flowing at higher transmission speeds. As the OR embraces new hybrid functionality, increased wireless connectivity and greater access to patient information, IT departments are in a constant battle to keep pace.

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